• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Asthma

Bronchial asthma is a medical condition in which there are recurrent episodes of breathlessness and wheezing in the lungs, usually resulting from allergy to dust mite, pollen grain, dust and different foodstuffs. Bronchial asthma is a chronic condition which can seriously affect quality of life and result in frequent absences from school or work places. The modern management of bronchial asthma involves the use of oral medication as well as different types of inhalers, which serve to control an attack as well as gradually reduce the frequency of episodes; however, these treatments cannot completely eradicate the disease.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for bronchial asthma is aimed at treating the pathology in the lungs as well as increasing the strength and resistance power of the respiratory mucosa so as to gradually reduce symptoms as well as the frequency and severity of recurrent episodes. The large airways in the lungs are believed to have increased reactivity in individuals affected with bronchial asthma. This leads to chronic inflammation in the lungs with an increased amount of mucous production which blocks the airways and further aggravates breathlessness. The chronic inflammation gradually leads to permanent damage of the respiratory mucosa within the lungs.

Ayurvedic herbal medicines treat the inflammation in the lungs and gradually reduce the amount of mucous production as well as hyper-reactivity of the airways. In addition, some herbal medicines have a direct and specific action on the respiratory mucosa and help in a complete healing of the mucosa along with strengthening so that it gradually becomes immune to offending substances. This gradually leads to a reduction in the frequency and severity of the episodes of bronchial asthma. Once this stage is achieved, further treatment is given in order to improve the overall immune status of the individual as well as strengthen the lungs considerably, so that this condition is significantly controlled and possibly cured. Most individuals affected with bronchial asthma require regular treatment periods ranging from six to nine months.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment can thus be judiciously utilised in the management and treatment of bronchial asthma.

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, Herbal medicines, bronchial asthma

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